University Chapel Schedule
University chapel services nurture members of the campus community in faith, hope and love as disciples of Jesus Christ. A community gathering place for worship and forum, university chapel reflects an Anabaptist/Mennonite perspective but also the diverse gifts, traditions and cultures of the broader Christian faith. In addition to Wednesday and Friday chapels in Lehman Auditorium, the seminary offers chapel “gatherings” on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and students lead the weekly Celebration on Sunday nights in Martin Chapel, too.
Monday, April 15
Monday Chapel: Campus Pastor Candidate – Carmen Schrock-Hurst
As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, Carmen Schrock-Hurst has shaped a chapel service entitled Strong Trees of Faith and will speak on this theme as well. All are welcome to have interaction with Carmen from 4:30-5 p.m. in a room to be announced and opportunity to offer feedback to the search committee will be provided with an electronic survey.
Carmen Schrock-Hurst is an ordained Mennonite minister and current instructor in the EMU Bible and Religion department. She holds a MA of Theology from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Carmen serves as co-pastor of Immanuel Mennonite Church with her husband Luke, a church committed to serving a diverse population in Harrisonburg. Previously she served in pastoral ministry in Pittsburg (PA) and Richmond (VA). She brings a strong passion for cross-cultural service and pastoral care, having served in Central America (Honduras) and the Philippines with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).
Wednesday, April 17
Student Recognition Chapel
Gather as a campus community to recognize and honor one another for significant achievements in this semester.
Friday, April 19
Chapel: Campus Pastor Candidate – James Ellis III
As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, James Ellis has shaped a chapel service entitled Parents Just Don’t Understand taken from Genesis 27:12-13 and will speak on this theme as well. All are welcome to have interaction with James from 4:30-5 p.m. in UC 211-212 and opportunity to offer feedback to the search committee will be provided with an electronic survey.
James Ellis, III is an ordained Baptist minister who describes himself as “Christian by conviction, Baptist by tradition, and ecumenical in spirit.” James has served as a youth pastor and an assistant pastor in two United Methodist churches, and recently served a one-year, Lilly-funded campus pastorate at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He is currently a Lewis Fellow at Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lewis Center for Church Leadership, an ecumenical leadership development program for outstanding young clergy. Prior to ministry, James was a multimedia producer and competitive “spoken word” poet. He and his wife Renata have a passion for doing service work in multi-racial settings such as New Orleans (LA).
At the close of chapel, there will be a time of sending and blessing for students and faculty going on summer cross-cultural seminars to these locations:
Bolivia & The Galápagos Islands – Doug & Cristina Graber Neufeld
Honduras – Jason Good & Eric Trinka
South Korea – Gloria Rhodes
Quebec – Nancy Heisey & Jen Ulrich
Local Context cross-cultural – Deanna Durham
Monday, April 22
Monday Chapel: Campus Pastor Candidate – Lana Miller
As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, Lana Miller will shape a chapel service on the theme Just One, One, One. All are welcome to have interaction with Lana from 4:30-5 p.m. in UC 211-212 and opportunity to offer feedback to the search committee will be provided with an electronic survey.
Lana Miller is an EMS graduate who served as interim campus pastor at EMU in 2007-08. Lana and her husband Andy recently served with MCC in Cambodia with oversight of programs in Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos. Prior to seminary, Lana was the associate director of convention planning for Mennonite Church USA with primary responsibility for the youth convention and denominational youth ministry. She has taught Youth Ministry and Spiritual Formation at EMS in addition to teaching high school chemistry before beginning youth and young adult ministry at Clinton Frame Mennonite (IN). She and Andy continue their passion for service to internationals by hosting Chinese scholars in their home.
University chapel is held Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium. All offices and departments, other than essential services, are to be closed in order to allow the community to attend and support chapel.
All undergraduate students, faculty and staff of the university are expected to attend at least one chapel each week. (Chapel Attendance Policy, p. 48/49 of the Student Handbook and Faculty/Staff handbook section 7.1, p. 166)